Enduring questions about race, community and reconciliation are the subject of a new documentary by Assistant Professor Danielle Beverley, a Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) faculty member. The film will broadcast in the US on PBS’ The World Channel on 2 February as part of Black History Month and streamed globally on 3 February.

Filmed on one block during a three-year period, ‘Old South’ explores the contentious relationship between an African-American neighbourhood and an elitist white male college fraternity in Georgia. The two groups of residents frequently find themselves drawn into conflict, as they both strive to maintain their respective historical relevance in a changing American South. Seen through the eyes of Hope, a 30-year-old community advocate, the film charts their efforts to overcome their differences through dialogue and reflection, and rebuild their community on trust and greater hope for the future.

Beverly said:

As a documentary filmmaker, I seek to make content that comes from the heart and goes for the gut, illuminating the human condition in all its complexity.’

‘Old South is proving especially relevant in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina murders, and subsequent rapid dismantling of Confederate iconography across the South, and on college campuses across America.’

Beverly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who joined the NU-Q faculty in August 2015. Her credits include a Peabody Award-winning film and an Emmy Award-winning PBS series.

NU-Q Dean Everette Dennis said:

The broadcast of Professor Beverly’s documentary could not be more timely and it serves as a reminder for all of us that it’s never too late to work out our differences, whether at the grassroots or other levels of community.’

For more information, visit qatar.northwestern.edu